Oct 24, 2013; London, United Kingdom; General view of mannequins with the uniforms of Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts (84) and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) at Niketown London in advance of the NFL International Series game between the 49ers and the Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars vs San Francisco 49ers preview, prediction, odds


This game will be played in the United Kingdom and will surely be a game appreciated by the fans across the pond. Did I use that right?

Anyways, Jacksonville right now is one of the two teams in this league that are win-less. Funny thing about this? Both teams are in a different conference, but belong to the state of Florida.

Not everybody expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be win-less (they lost tonight, spoiler alert) but the Jacksonville Jaguars were a team we all knew would be in this situation.

They had a bit of fun during the first half against the Denver Broncos a couple weeks ago after holding them to just 14 points, but later allowed them to blow up.

Every game Jacksonville has played this season has resulted in a blow out loss. 28-2 against the Chiefs, 19-9 against the Raiders, 45-17 against the Seahawks, 37-3 against the Colts, 34-20 against the Rams, 35-19 against the Broncos and their recent loss was against the San Diego Chargers where they lost 24-6.

The surprising factor in this game right now, is that Jacksonville’s passing game is ranked higher than San Francisco’s. No idea how that’s happening, but it is.

The leading passer for the Jaguars right now is veteran Chad Henne who has 1,222 passing yards and two touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick currently has 1,420 passing yards and eight touchdowns himself. Oh yeah, there’s another starting quarterback on this roster, what’s his name again? Blaine Gabbert?

With the league entering the eighth week, this San Francisco 49ers team is slowly getting back to playoff form. They’re going to need everybody on deck to step it up if they want to pick up a Wild Card spot or even compete for the division title against the Seattle Seahawks.

This could be a nightmarish game for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but a delightful sight for the lovely fans of the UK.

San Francisco started off strong against the Green Bay Packers but were dominated by both the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts in back to back games.

Since then this team has been on a complete tear. Defeating the St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans out-right.

In all of their wins this season, they’ve scored 30+ points but only managed to put up a total of 10 in both of their losses.

I know we’ve seen a lot of surprises so far this season, but I highly doubt we’ll see an upset at Wembley Stadium.

San Francisco is ranked 31st in  passing offense and third in rushing offense. Defensively they’re ranked fifth against the pass and 18th against the rush.

Jacksonville is ranked 22nd in passing offense and 32nd in rushing offense. They’re ranked 14th in passing defense and 32nd against the run.

I have a feeling this San Francisco defense is going to want to eat Henne alive.

Jacksonville has been outscored 222-76.

The San Francisco 49ers have outscored their opponents 166-135.

With all this being said, I think Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers light up the scoreboard against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Don’t get me wrong, Blackmon will pull out a couple highlight plays out of his magic hat in hopes of keeping this team in the game, maybe even a touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers 40 Jacksonville Jaguars 13

ODDS

San Francisco 49ers -17

Jacksonville Jaguars 41

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